London, England: Victoria and Albert Museum – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

London, England: Victoria and Albert Museum – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

The Victorian Age was an exuberant time. The Neo-Gothic Albert Memorial reminds London how Victoria’s beloved husband Albert — the only one who called her “Vickie” — did so much to promote technology and culture during that industrial boom time. The statues at the base herald the great accomplishments of Britain’s 19th-century glory days. Albert…Continue reading London, England: Victoria and Albert Museum – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Nice, France: Matisse and Chagall Museums – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Nice, France: Matisse and Chagall Museums – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

The Matisse Museum offers a fascinating introduction to modern art inspired by the French Riviera. Henri Matisse opened a window onto paradise. Armed with the bright colors of the Impressionists, Matisse captured the radiant Riviera of the 1920s: seascapes, fruit, flowers, and curvaceous women. Matisse was the master of leaving things out, letting us fill…Continue reading Nice, France: Matisse and Chagall Museums – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Paris, France: Carnavalet Museum and Remnants of Royalty – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide

Paris, France: Carnavalet Museum and Remnants of Royalty – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide

While there is history in dem bones, the Carnavalet Museum, filling a lavish old aristocratic mansion, is the best place to sort through the story of Paris. Pre-Revolutionary France had a government by, for and of the wealthy. And as the rich got richer and richer, people who lived in fabulous mansions like this became…Continue reading Paris, France: Carnavalet Museum and Remnants of Royalty – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide

Rome, Italy: Capitoline Museums

Rome, Italy: Capitoline Museums

The Capitoline Hill, which rises majestically from the busy streets, has long been the home of Rome’s city government. During the Renaissance, Michelangelo designed this regal staircase. He gave the square its famously harmonious proportions and its majestic centerpiece… An ancient statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. This is a copy. The second-century original, the greatest…Continue reading Rome, Italy: Capitoline Museums